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  • Middle English Bestiary

    Manuscript Created date: 1275–1300

    This manuscript contains a copy of the Physiologus, a collection of stories about animals and plants. It is the basis fo...

  • Pearl

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1400

    The anonymous poem Pearl, is one of the masterpieces of Middle English literature. It was composed in the West Midlands ...

  • The Harley Lyrics

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1340

    What’s in this manuscript? This manuscript – Harley MS 2253 – contains a collection of 100 secular and religious lyrics ...

  • The N-town Plays

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd half of the 15th century–1st quarter of the 16th century

    What is a mystery cycle? The N-town Plays are one of the four complete surviving English medieval mystery cycles – colle...

  • The Owl and the Nightingale

    Manuscript Created date: 1250–1300, possibly after 1275

    The Owl and the Nightingale is one of the earliest substantial texts to be written in Middle English (the form that Engl...

  • The York Plays

    Manuscript Created date: late 15th century

    The York Plays compirse one of the four complete surviving medieval play cycles sometimes known as ‘mystery cycles’. The...